We do offer a sample pack for school teachers and specialists. The sample pack contains two full Trugs Games (Match It and Take It) at either Trugs Stage 7 or 8 (depending on availability). Stage 7 is vowel digraphs and trigraphs such as the words “snail, seen, light, boat, statue”. Stage 8 is alternative vowel digraphs such as the words “boy, out, paw”.
How to Play Match It
- Shuffle the cards and deal 5 cards to each player
- Place the remaining cards face down between the players and take the top card off and turn it over placing it beside the pack
- Players now pick up their cards and hold them in their hand so that they can see them but that no one else can see them
- The first player to start selects a card from their hand that is the same colour OR the same number as the card beside the pack and places it on top of the card on the table. Read the word out loud. The player reads the word by saying the sounds and blending them from left to right all through the word (unless they can read the word automatically).
- For spelling* – read the word and ask a player to spell the word, before placing the card down. The player then repeats the word and identifies the separate sounds in the word (segmenting the spoken word to identify the phonemes) and then, if appropriate, writes the letters that represent the sounds
- If the first player cannot go, but they have a trugs card, they can use it as a ‘joker card’ to choose a colour of their choice. They place the trugs card down and tell the next player what colour they must put down
- If the first player does not have a trugs card, then they must pick up a card from the pack n The next player then plays and so on
- The first player to use up all their cards is the winner
How to Play Take It
- Shuffle the pack and place it face down between the players
- The first player takes the top card and holds it in their hand so that no-one else can see it. They then read the word out loud by saying the sounds and blending them from left to right all through the word (unless they can read the word automatically).
- For spelling* – the player reads the word out loud and asks another player to spell the word. The player then repeats the word and identifies the separate sounds in the word (segmenting the spoken word to identify the phonemes) and then, if appropriate, writes the letters that represent the sounds
- The first player then places the card down on the table in front of them
- The second player then does the same thing
- When a player picks up a card with a word that is the same colour (the same set) as a fellow player’s, then he/she takes all the cards of the same colour (the same set) and adds them to theirs! Read all the words in that set out loud
- This continues with the cards being collected in sets, but continually being taken by the players when they pick up the relevant corresponding cards
- The player ending up with the most sets of cards is the winner